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Doctor Who 

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The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

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Sydney Newman
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1989   1988   1987   1986   1985   1984   … See all »
Top Rated TV #236 | 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Tom Baker ...  Doctor Who 178 episodes, 1974-1984
William Hartnell ...  Dr. Who / ... 144 episodes, 1963-1984
Jon Pertwee ...  Doctor Who / ... 132 episodes, 1970-1984
Patrick Troughton ...  Dr. Who / ... 131 episodes, 1966-1985
Frazer Hines ...  Jamie / ... 117 episodes, 1966-1985
Nicholas Courtney ...  Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / ... 109 episodes, 1965-1989
Pat Gorman ...  Guard / ... 104 episodes, 1964-1985
Elisabeth Sladen ...  Sarah Jane Smith 83 episodes, 1973-1984
Jacqueline Hill ...  Barbara Wright / ... 81 episodes, 1963-1980
William Russell ...  Ian Chesterton 78 episodes, 1963-1965
Katy Manning ...  Jo Grant 78 episodes, 1971-1984
John Scott Martin ...  Dalek / ... 76 episodes, 1965-1988
John Levene ...  Sergeant Benton / ... 74 episodes, 1967-1983
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Traveling across time and space, the immortal time-lord known as 'The Doctor' travels across the universe with his many companions and his loyal shape-shifting space-ship: The TARDIS. The Doctor faces many threats across many generations: from The Daleks, The Cybermen and his time-lord adversary The Master to the sinister Davros, creator of The Daleks. Written by Johnny

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£4,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(15 episodes) | (679 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (1963-1987)| Stereo (1988-1989)

Color:

Black and White (1963-1969)| Color (1970-1989)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A special TV serial named "Doctor Who: Shada" was produced by BBC in 1980, with Tom Baker as Fourth Doctor, but it never was completed nor aired. Therefore, in 1992 it was launched direct-to-video, with the scenes filmed in 1980 despite to be unfinished. Finally, in summer 2017 it was newly recorded with dialogue from the original cast, newly filmed with live-action material, newly recorded using incidental music and sound effects and a new 2D animation footage to complete the missing segments, inserted between 1980 live-action sequences. See more »

Quotes

Turlough: What is it about Earth people that makes them think a futile gesture is a noble one?
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Crazy Credits

In a number of 1980s episodes, recurring villain The Master often first appeared in disguise. Actor Anthony Ainley was credited under a pseudonym on these occasions (usually an anagram of his own name) in order to preserve the element of surprise. See more »

Alternate Versions

When a batch of Tom Baker episodes were syndicated by Time-Life in 1978, narration by Howard da Silva was added to each of the 96 episodes, and edits were made to allow room for commercials. These narratives were often inaccurate, and annoyed fans in that they incorrectly referred to the lead character of the series as "Doctor Who." See more »

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Referenced in Eureka: Reprise (2011) See more »

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No Words Can Describe...
18 March 2014 | by Alex_HodgkinsonSee all my reviews

This series is just too huge to put into words. Classic Who has so many different styles and stories and protagonists. It's amazing concepts and different, iconic things.things that are just common knowledge in our culture today. Eight Doctors. Eight eras. There's just too much of it to put into words. Doctor Who is just part of British culture due to this fine, twenty six season long story of a time travelling alien.

Each Doctor's era is very different. They seem to have the same style as the Doctor. The Doctor ran the show, with the exception of the First Doctor (William Hartnell) to a degree, who let his companions take charge. Each Doctor had unique personalities, and the style and stories of Classic Who matched the Doctor they were assigned to.

The First Doctor was more of an adviser and let his companions take control, but he was still a crazy, lovable alien just like his other incarnations. The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) is my favourite, he's very childish but intelligent and was grown up when he needed to be. The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) was the earthbound Doctor started off as arrogant and annoyed, but gradually became more loving. The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) arguably made the show popular and is the most known Classic Doctor. He's also arguably the most childish and always had that huge smile.

The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) was the youngest Classic Doctor, but acted like the oldest at times. He's arguably the most unlucky Doctor as he just wants fun but death surrounds him. The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is arguably (yes, again) the most disliked Doctor due to his arrogance and choice of clothing (not his fault). He was very childish and serious most of the time. The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) was the clown to start off with, but gradually got much darker and more manipulative but always remained childish. The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) was probably the most human Doctor, and seemed to be one of the most childish but had a hidden sadness and rage, leading into New Who.

The TARDIS is the Doctor's iconic time and space travelling machine. It has became so iconic in British culture that if a child sees an old police box, he'll/she'll probably shout "TARDIS!" and point. The Master is the Doctor's nemesis, his Moriarty, who can also regenerate when injured as they are both the aliens called Time Lords from Gallifrey. Daleks are another iconic thing in Britain now, try and find somebody who doesn't know what one is.

Of course, these are only brief descriptions and don't go into each era, which usually matches the Doctor at the time. The series is so massive that I could describe it for hours. So impressive. A small concept became such an iconic show. Possibly more famous than Robin Hood, another British achievement.

I gave this series a 9 for a reason, though. I believe the pacing is too slow. It's hard to pay attention much of the time as things take so long to happen. This was normal at the time of 1960s Doctor Who, but not the extent this series. As fun and interesting as it is, it can bore me to a very large extent. If only each story was cut in half, bar some of the better paces stories.

So a huge cultural thing, but the series itself has a number of problems. The concepts are so genius, though, that these can be forgiven. I just find the series hard to watch a lot of the time. I'll review New Who (2005-) separately.


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